National Hockey League

Rangers' Stanley Cup 'dynasty' ended in 1940


On April 13, 1940, Bryan Hextall, Sr. scored at 2:07 of overtime to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs and deliver the Blueshirts the third Stanley Cup in their 14 years of existence.


Ultimately, though, they would go 54 years between championships, until the 1994 group, led by Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Mike Richter, et al, ended the drought.


During the 1940 season Turk Broda of the Maple Leafs gives a stick to the neck of Bryan Hextall of the Rangers.


Guided by rookie coach Frank Boucher – who had starred for the Rangers and played on their first two Cup champions – they started slowly.


Rangers forward Dutch Hiller, in dark shirt with back to camera, tries a close shot which is blocked by Maple Leafs goalie Turk Broda in the Stanley Cup finale at Toronto, April 13, 1940.


World War II affected the rosters of many teams, including the Rangers, and the Blueshirts did not fare well in the rest of the 1940s.






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